EPA in the Lenexa Corporate Wilderness-update
Posted by Transit Action Network on August 9, 2011
As we reported in our recent article GSA and EPA Make a Bad Move, the current owner of the EPA building in Kansas City, Kansas, Urban America, protested the GSA bid process to the Government Accountability Office Bid Protest Forum. The GAO has published the results of that case. Urban America filed the case under the address name of 901 North 5th Street, LLC. To no ones surprise Urban America lost and the EPA will be moving to Lenexa.
We feel so sorry for the EPA employees. This location site is awful, even if you drive. It is in the middle of nowhere in the far western suburbs of the region. The building is so far back from the street that you can barely see it at the end of the huge parking lot. They certainly aren’t going to walk to lunch or take transit to work. Walking down these busy streets would be dangerous since so many of them don’t have sidewalks. These pictures were taken about half way into the parking lot.
Here is the short version of the result. The decision was made in two parts, both in favor of the GSA.
1. Protest that agency’s evaluation and selection decision were flawed is denied where the record shows that both the evaluation and the resulting selection decision were reasonable and consistent with the solicitation’s evaluation factors.
2. Protest that agency failed to comply with terms of Executive Order 12072 is dismissed; our Office does not normally review allegations of an agency’s failure to comply with executive branch policies.
See the complete GAO decisions. GAO Decision 901_NORTH_FIFTH_STREET__LLC vs GSA
In the report the GAO explains that Executive Order 12072 prescribes policies and directives regarding the planning, acquisition, utilization and management of federal facilities. Since it is not mentioned in the solicitation, GAO would not rule on it.
In law there are deadlines for bringing cases or objecting. All of the complaints about what was or was not in the solicitation should have been made before the submission deadline, but no one was paying attention. No one involved raised the red flag, challenged the selection area in the solicitation, questioned that multiple Presidential Executive Orders were ignored, or complained that clearly defined governmental goals and principles were ignored before the bids were completed.
1. Cities and companies take a proactive position to make sure government solicitations are in line with the current understanding of the requirements at the beginning of the process. GSA could have been challenged at that point and the solicitation requirements may have been changed.
2 These government offices are writing the siting recommendations that will incorporate the larger government sustainability goals that were ignored in this solicitation. They have already had two drafts.
U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
They need to hurry up and implement the Recommendations for Siting Federal Facilities so GSA stops undermining many of the sustainability goals of the government.
Contact the EPA and GSA and tell them both to implement the “Recommendations for Sustainable Siting of Federal Facilities”.
Washington D.C.- Administrator of the General Services Administration,
Martha N. Johnson (202) 501-0800 email@example.com
Two special email addresses have been established to collect comments about this move
Washington D.C. office firstname.lastname@example.org
Local office email@example.com
Washington D.C.- Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa P. Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Local EPA Office Phone: (913) 551-7003
Region 7 EPA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
Karl Brooks x7303 Brooks.Karl@epa.gov